Fire Prevention Week is October 3 – 9: Learn the Sounds of Safety ™

Fire Prevention Week is Sunday, October 3 to Saturday, October 9. This year’s campaign is Learn the Sounds of Safety”.™ The Victoria Fire Department is once again partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to educate the public about learning the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms – and the need to take action.

“What do the sounds mean? Is there a beep or a chirp coming from your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm? Knowing the difference can save you, your home, and your family,” said Lorraine Carli, Vice-President of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA.

Below are some tips to help you “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”:

    • A continuous set of three loud beeps means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out.
    • A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.
    • Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and must be replaced.

“Make sure everyone in your home understands the sounds of your alarms and how to respond. For information about your specific smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, check the manufacturers’ packaging instructions or search the brand and model online,” said Brad Sifert, Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention at the Victoria Fire Department.

All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years. Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

During Fire Prevention Week, the Victoria Fire Department will be visiting local elementary schools. To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Victoria, please contact the Victoria Fire Department at 250.920.3350. 

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